The Dentist

(A whimsical look at the search
for the true Self with a playful nod
to Walt Whitman’s “O Captain!
My Captain!”)

O Dentist! My Dentist!
what do you see?
Tongue, teeth alone
or the very soul of me?

Peering down
that warm, dark shaft,
your mindless chatter
creates a draft.

If a captive’s cry
you hear within,
lower some floss
and rescue him.

For how he longs
to be set free
by anyone, including
the likes of thee.

© 2006 Dennis Ference

Lightness of Being

Let the sum
of all the moments of love
you have ever known
strip you naked
of roles and titles
wounds and triumphs
and breathe you
into the singular
present moment
where nothing
can weigh you down,
where nothing exists
but the blissful
lightness of Being.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Self-Awareness

Do not confuse
self-criticism with self-awareness.
They both may dare to engage the shadow,
but the former, if not tempered by love,
may fuel guilt and self-loathing.
The latter, a child of grace,
aids in our enlightenment
and the birth of compassion
for ourselves and others.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

God’s Will

It’s a spiritual rule
of sorts, that before
we can grow into honestly
wanting to do God’s will,
we must first want to want to
do God’s will, understanding
that we must depend on grace
every step of the way.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Right Questions

For most of my life
I left no stone unturned
in my quest for right answers.
I wonder now what might have been
had I known from the start
to embrace and passionately
live the right questions.

© 2015 Dennis Ference